On April 16, Lucy del Carmen accepted the Kuyper College Service Award—for both her own service and on behalf of her late husband, Vincente Apostol (also known as Vince). Lucy and Vince were the first missionaries to serve with Resonate Global Mission (then Christian Reformed World Missions) in the Philippines.
Most church planters make it their goal to open their doors to new neighbors, but this takes on a whole new meaning when you get over a hundred of them at one time.
With a new townhouse community under construction right next door, members of Friendship Community CRC, in Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, are excited about the opportunity to minister to their new neighbors, and they are partnering with Resonate Global Mission to do this.
Ronnie Lopez’s passion for the Reformed faith stems from his time growing up in the Philippines. That’s where, 50 years ago, he met Vince Apostol, Resonate Global Mission’s first missionary to this country, and became a member and seminary student in the CRC of the Philippines.
“It’s embedded in me,” Lopez said of the Reformed worldview. “And the moment you understand it, it leads you to a life of gratitude in the Lord.”
God answers prayer, but sometimes it takes longer than we like or expect.
Ruth Ippel knows this all too well. Ruth is a Resonate missionary who spends part of her time in Nicaragua serving at House of Hope, a rehabilitation center for young women and children escaping the world of prostitution and human trafficking.
Shortly after Ruth discovered House of Hope, she was left in charge of leading both the weekly kids’ and the teenage girls’ groups. Although this was an abrupt change, Ruth felt encouraged.